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conference as soon as the gets started. prident obama traveling to voice support for israel. the president arriving this morning in tel aviv greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israel president perez. this marks mr. obama's very first trip to israel since becoming president. nbc's chuck todd is traveling with the president and he has this report. >> reporter: the president started his day in israel with the tour of the iron dome, which is the missile defense system that the u.s. government has actually funded a large part of. >> united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is within our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >> reporter: the president's day is going to be heavy with meetings of israeli officials, the president, perez, prime minister netanyahu. the two of them will have a joint press conference where no doubt the lead topic news of the day in the region has to do with syria and chemical weapons. have they been
in gaza city burning american flags and posters of president obama. but israel has high hopes for productive presidential visit. the embassy releasing this cartoon with a subtle message. ♪ thank you for being a friend, a friend ♪ >> the president's trip hit a bump in the road. the armored limousine broke down in jerusalem as the driver filled it with gas rather than zeal but it was towed before the president arrived in israel. this is video of president obama getting into the replacement car. the president will be visiting jordan on this trip and he will be in the region until saturday. >> a new government study this morning shows the rise in the number of children with autism. the centers for disease control says one in 50 school kids are now considered autistic a disorder that can affect kids' socially, intellectually, and behaviorally. the ratio is a sharp increase from the one in 150 a decade ago. our medical editor explains why the biggest jump is seen. >> ask parents if their child was severe or moderate or mild the biggest increase was in the "mild" area. it was fla
obama. but israel has high hopes for productive presidential visit. the embassy releasing this cartoon with a subtle message. ♪ thank you for being a friend, a friend ♪ >> the president's trip hit a bump in the road. the armored limousine broke down in jerusalem as the driver filled it with gas rather than zeal but it was towed before the president arrived in israel. this is video of president obama getting into the replacement car. the president will be visiting jordan on this trip and he will be in the region until saturday. >> a new government study this morning shows the rise in the number of children with autism. the centers for disease control says one in 50 school kids are now considered autistic a disorder that can affect kids' socially, intellectually, and behaviorally. the ratio is a sharp increase from the one in 150 a decade ago. our medical editor explains why the biggest jump is seen. >> ask parents if their child was severe or moderate or mild the biggest increase was in the "mild" area. it was flat when you look at children with severe autism. that does point to bet
. it is a visit heavier on symbolism than on substance. president barack obama is in israel right now, where he has promised america's enduring support for the jewish state. he also stressed the need for peace. >> but obama is not expected to provide new initiatives or policy moves in the area of the middle east peace process, which is secondary to israeli leaders when compared to the possibility of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the pair met earlier in jerusalem at the start of obama 's first visit to israel as u.s. president. >> the pair said they both thought the greatest danger in the region would be a nuclear- capable of man and that he trusted obama's policy to prevent that from happening. >> obama was greeted by children singing in hebrew, english, and arabic -- a heartwarming welcome for the u.s. president. but behind the smiles, there were ser
relationship between the u.s. and israel. but indeed, yes. the third thing president obama said when he walked off the plane, it is a lovely day. and then hugs for benjamin netanyahu, shimon peres, setting the terms for a visit largely about repairing what has been a somewhat fractious relationship, certainly in obama's first term. the point of the visit largely to repair the relationship, create a better working conditions the to the two leaders. we heard and president obama's speech from a very important statement, saying he recognizes israel as the historic homeland of the jewish people. the cigna dickens is the american president recognizing pre-holocaust, giving absolute confirmation of israel's right to exist and also the historical basis on which the state of israel does exist. a very important statement from president obama, once again, setting the tone for what he hopes and what his intention is, to create a warmer relationship, warmer understanding with the israeli leader and the new government that has been sworn in only a few days ago. obamast netanyahu and made a point of saying w
. >> and the trip to israel has released this official trailer. let's take a look. >> we welcome president obama to israel. >> the bonds between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is iron clad. ♪ thank you for being a friend >> and that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >> wow. >> i'm kind of at a loss for words. anything that uses the golden girl theme side has to be good. >> is it serious? is it mock something being sarcastic. >> making light of it. >> don't look too much into it then? >> exactly. bill karins is with us. do you have good news on the first day of spring. >> it's spring! that's the bottom line. in new england yesterday heavy snow, especially northern portions of massachusetts, outside the boston area. picked up easily 6 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow. we will try to melt it as fast as we can. really this cold weather pattern to end march, amount of snow will stick around the next week. that storm is finally exiting up into the canadian maritime. still snowing a little bit in maine. the cold
, the former u.n. ambassador, slammed president obama for being hostile towards israel. look at this. >> i think it's clear that president obama is the most hostile president that america has had since the formation of israel in 1948. >> the most hostile president since 1948 when israel was formed yet we find today, as jim just said, he and netanyahu have met ten times. the highest civilian award given to any civilian is going to be presented to him by perez, the president of israel. >> right. and this goes back to when president obama was running in 2008 and many on the right, from sarah palin on, characterized him as very close to a terrorist. it was all of this insid situation that he's really a muslim, lying about his muslim faith, because of the identity of his father, that he was from kenya, that he was a marxist, and that characterization is carried overall the way up until today. the right wing, for political expediency, constantly tries to portray this president. and by the way, netanyahu has not exactly walked away from i plaing to the american right wing for his own political pu
the two countries. >> warmly welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road >> reporter: so obviously president obama and prime minister netanyahu may not have had the coziest of relationships, but the two countries are reaffirming their alliance to one another, especially in the next couple of days. richard? >> that video reminding us of jibjab perhaps. thank you. >>> the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of mortars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirmed eight marines have died and at least six more were injured by a mortar round that went off in a firing tube during an exercise. nbc's dan shennamman has more. >> reporter: this evening veterans and civilians alike joined together at a memorial service to honor the soldiers lost and those wounded in an explosion durin
, barack obama spoke on israeli television, addressing directly some of israel's concerns. > i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon -- that is a red line for us. it is something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world, dangerous for u.s. national security interests. >> in washington, it is no secret that obama does not have a good relationship with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front in public, as here in washington last year. >> they have fundamentally different views of how to advance peace in the area. the president started off by pressuring israel to make concessions, and israel, understandably, resisted and resented, and it has been like that for the last four years, unfortunately. >> israel looks to the u.s. to safeguard its very existence. republicans are quick to point out that while obama visited egypt during his first term, he never went to israel. they accuse the president of pandering more to the muslim world than to washington's key ally, but not all
everyone and welcome in, this is "the kudlow report." obama arrives in israel to cement our relationship with our great allie and he and netanyahu must deal with series issues. president obama is said that the use of chemical weapon this is in syria would be a game-changer. quote unquote, now back here the markets get back to rally mode. but, did the fed-head ever so subtly indicate an every so slightly less easy posture? that is my take and we will debate it later on. here is something that investors and businesses and consumers do not want to hear, it's a new tax on the internet. even downloads from ituness, who thinks that is a good idea? not me, here is good news "the kudlow report" begins right now. president obama in israel for the first same in his presidency, securing the relations with the allie in the middle east, here is what he had to say when greeted by benjamin netanyahu. it's in our fundamental security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger and more prosperous and makes the world a better place. >> so question is, what exactly is the president hoping to
: president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu have focused on israel. shortly after arriving president barack obama toured a missile which was largely funned by the u.s. it is credited with intercepting more than 400 rockets. now they are shifting to the nuclear program and president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu are disagreeing on how close iran is to making a nuclear bomb. but the president's quick speech sent a message to iran about the relationship between israel and u.s. >> we have for the past 65 years united states is proud to stand with you assets greatest ally and its friend. >> reporter: they do not expect agreements to come out of his trip but we will talk more about what is at stake on this trip when i see you next, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> time now 4:14, a teen in ohio has been sentenced to life in prison for a school shooting rampage that caused three deaths. tj lane appeared in court and when he came to court he wore a t-shirt which said killer and he smirked at the teens' parents who were killed as they read their em
? >> reporter: little progress is expected on peace talks between israel and iran but president barack obama and bet washington nationals could come to -- bet -- prime minister benjamin netanyahu said president barack obama is taking the lead on how u.s. will respond to iran's threats and that's because the u.s. is israel's strongest ally and iran could have a nuclear weapon to use in the next few months and they believe it could not happen for another year which could form more peace talks. he wants to talk about peace. >> to speak directly to the people of israel and to neighbors... >> reporter: the president is meeting with israel and the two will hold a news conference. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> the 15-year-old girl from pakistan who was shot in the head by the taliban because she fought for the rights of women now has a new school to go to. she is attending school in birmingham england. last october she was shot by a taliban who shot her in the head who claims she was promoting western thinking. she said she want
here. i think there is something to this trip that if netanyahu and obama speaking in israel, but also speaking to iran. do you think there is any merit to that? >> well, yeah, i mean, in iran i'm sure they read some of the headlines and everything that has been written about the president and netanyahu how they don't get along how netanyahu would have preferred romney to win. this is to show that there is no daylight between the two countries. i think each president was in full pander mode. i thought netanyahu was quite gracious to the president, saying they've met 10 or 11 times. he appreciates the time the u.s. president is putting into this, and the banter not only at the press conference, but the reports from the reporters following them and apparently netanyahu has been lamenting about all the political problems he's facing putting this new coalition together and the president saying, well, tell me about it. i have problems with our congress and netanyahu said we have more moving parts around here. and they're talking about the system they have to operate in. >> michael: it's a f
the jewish state in the november 2019 battle with hamas in the gaza strip. mr. obama penalled to help israel premier the qualitytative military essential over the neighbors. >> the current agreement lasts through 2017. we directed the teams to start working on extenting it for the years beyond. >> netanyahu near the end of the two-men 42-minute news conference paraphrased what the president said to place definitive, lengthy time frame in the commitment. >> in addition to the aid, including the defense funding for israel in the difficult times, he has announceed we will begin talks on another ten year process or arrang arrangement to ensure american military assistance to israel. >> no progress announced in effort to revive a two-state solution for the israelis and the palestinians. asked what went wrong on that score in the first term, president obama called it a really har problem linkerring for six decades. even as he acknowledged, bret, there was as he put it host of thing he is could have done. >> he is meeting with the palestinians. >> tomorrow. >> drones again grab headlines in the u.s
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, i'm alex witt in for thomas roberts. and topping the agenda today, obama in israel for the first time as president. in fact, any minute, we're going to hear from president obama as well as israeli president peres following a closed door meeting happening right now. the president arrived in israel just before 8:30 a.m. eastern time for the first foreign visit of his second term in office. he was greeted on the tarmac with pomp and symbolism. given a warm red carpet welcome from israel's president and prime minister. >> the people of israel welcome you with open heart. we deeply appreciate your friendship and we share your hope that the middle east will enjoy a future of freedom, prosperity and peace. >> i'm confident in declaring that our alliance is forever. >> day one has already brought a packed agenda for president obama in israel. again, at this hour, he's holding closed bilateral talks there in jerusalem. president obama will hold another closed door discussion, this time with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. now, despite a tense and somewhat tenuous relationship,
it, call police. >> president obama has arriveed in israel three hours ago making the first visit to the country since taking office. air force one landed in tel aviv around 3:15 and the president was welcomed by several israel leaders including president peres and prime minister binyamin netanyahu. the white house says the president is looking to reassure israelis that the united states is committed to supporting their country in the face of any throats. katie marzullo will have more on what is next for the president on his middle east trip coming up in the next half hour. >> the city of santa clara is doing everything it can to lure super bowl 50 to the new 49ers stadium in 2016 includes give up tax revenue. now live from santa clara to explain. >> the santa clara city council decided it can, indeed, afford to give up a variety of tax revenue, all financial demands imposed by the nfl. those demands require the city to give up 9.5 percent hotel tax on 350 rooms for nfl staff, a 10 percent ticket surcharge and 35 percent per ticket fee that funds senior and youth program and $4.54
. >>> president barack obama is now in israel, the critical issue on the agenda, ktvu channel 2 morning news continues. >>> complete news coverage starts right now this is ktvu channel 2 morning news. >> good morning, thank you for waking up with us this wednesday more march 20th, i am pam cook. >> did steve tell you to grab an umbrella? >> i did yes, and it started yesterday afternoon just like he said. there you go. >> there you go, both of you are correct, it started yesterday and continues this morning, this is kind of hit and miss and we have it trying to move into the north bay and mostly cloudy skies 50s and 60s, here is sal. >>> good morning, a lot more crashes this morning some serious and some fender benders and you can see it is crowded but not stop and go and also the commute looks good on northbound 101 in san francisco, let's go back to the desk. >>> we are finding developing news on bethel island where firefighters have put out a fire which has burned two homes. you can see a very active scene on taylor road on bethel island which started around 2:30 a.m. and it has burned two
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in newtown, connecticut, in november. >>> president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> reporter: even before the trip, the president tried to reassure israel of his commitment to their protection telling israeli tv that iran is still more than a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. >> that is a red line for us. something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the
, a special edition, live from jerusalem. rolling out the red carpet. president obama arrives in israel, his first visit as president. >> it's a beautiful day. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. how are you? good to see you. thank you so much. >> it's wonderful to be here. how are you, my friend? >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> the president's talking points, hitting the restart button with netanyahu and ensuring the israeli people that america has than back and won't let iran get a nuclear weapon. >> this is my third visit to israel, so let me just say -- [ speaking foreign language ] >>> the united states of america stands with the state of israel, because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >>> across the runway, the president then was given a way to check out his the missile defense system that the u.s. helped pay for. the two leaders are now huddled tess prime minister's house, where in an hour they will hold a joint news confe
now. "outfront" next. barack obama arrives in israel for the first time as president of the united states. but where does the american israeli relationship stand? bennett, israel's minister of the economy is here to answer our questions. plus, mayor michael bloomberg called howard shultz ridiculous. he's out front to respond. and the head of colorado's department of corrections answers the door only to be shot down. we take you to the manhunt tonight. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight with friends like these, well, president obama arrived in israel to day. it was his first trip there as president. everything seemed rosey for a little while between him and benjamin netanyahu. >> and just as we have for these past 6 ayears, the united states is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend. >> i want to thank you for the investment you have made in our relationship and in strengthening the friendship and alliance between our two countries. >> sounded so perfect. but then -- later in the day things changed.
. . >>> it may be president obama's first official visit to israel but all eyes right now are on syria. the president says he's trying to find out if the damascus regime has crossed a u.s. red line by using chemical weapons against syrians. >> we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in syria right now you've got a war zone. you have information that's filtered out but we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened. we know that there are those in the syrian government who have expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons if necessary to protect themselves. i am deeply skeptical of any claim that in fact it was the opposition that used chemical weapons. once we establi the facts, i have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game changer. >> strong words from the president. let's go straight to cnn's john king. he's on the scene traveling with the president in jerusalem. they're investigating but there is no firm evidence yet that the syrians have used chemical weapons. >> that was the fascinating exchange when the issue came up, wolf.
. is this it? one and done? >>> the critical item on president obama's agenda in israel. >> reporter: it's b.a.r.t. verses the birds. we'll tell you how much the agency is spending to keep their stations free and bird free. it may surprise you -- as "mornings on 2" starts now. >>> well, good morning. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> we're tracking developing news out of bethel island where a large fire that's burned two homes has flared up again. the fire first broke out at 2:30 this morning on taylor road. claudine wong is live on bethel island with more on why this fire is taking so long to control. good morning, claudine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. they've attacked it from the front, from behind and now they are gonna talk it from above. take a look. one home was already destroyed by flames but this fire at this home has burned for more than four hours. you have firefighters on the ground shooting water up into the top level of this home. but it's just not getting to where it needs to get to. firefighters say what they are doing now is getten an
expect much to come out of president obama's first trip to israel as president. the president just wrapped up a news conference with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem and as you'll see from this clip things are off to a chummy start for two leaders with legendary limited affection from one another. >> i want to express a special thanks to sarah as well as your two sons for their warmth and hospitality. it was wonderful to see them. they are -- i did inform the prime minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. >> well, i can say the same of your daughters. >> this is true. >> even before the president's arrival the consensus among israelis, palestinians, and even white house officials was that this visit will not do anything concrete to move the peace process forward, so we can't help but ask, what's the point? let's try to get some perspective from cnn's jessica yellin who is live in jerusalem. jessica, were there any surprises from the president at the press conference today? >> reporter: well, i think,
. thank you, pete. >> president obama is on his way to israel for his first visit since becoming president. he left late last night and will land about an hour from now. elizabeth has more. >> the president arriving in israel this morning making his first official visit there since taking office. it's a long-awaited trip with a 3 day agenda that hopefully includes talks of negotiation. the administration has not set expectations too high for the american people white house press secretary jay carney says policy built around the notion that israelis and palestinians need to have direct face to face discussions. many in the united states can't force negotiation or a solution. the u.s. is a player in the process. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel, about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. measured not only in the amount of assistance but in the strong bonds that our people share. >> president obama will meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu where he will reiter
. president obama arrives in israel for his first visit there as president. we'll go live to jerusalem in just a few minutes. back here at home, some republicans recoil at the party's plans for the future. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel be
taped up a child for refusing to take a nap. >> president obama has arrived in israel, his first trip to the nation as president. is a is rallies are anxious to hear what obama has to say on america's commitment to the security of the jewish state. >> will be right back. that''s too much bacon. said nido one ever. baconacolia is back! now nowith even more bacon. come cmeelebrate our bacon obsession with all a new menu items like the bacon avocado omelette. only alyt denny's. >> and go morning. the top stories that we are following this wednesday, march 20th a. a large fire is burning right now on bethel island, why is this is so hard for cruised to knock down. >> a preschool is reopening this morning after being closed for staff training after allegations that a teacher taped up a child for refusing to take a nap. >> we are seeing heavy rain right now north of the golden gate bridge. the showers will taper off. there is really nothing for the mid peninsula. it looks like rain is north of concord heading into walnut creek. as we turn our attention to the north bay this is such a waited
but they say he sounded disoriented. he may be driving a camera. >>> president obama is in israel. we want to show you a picture out of jerusalem. these are live pictures right now, where you can see president obama. it looks like he's hearing from sol young children. a little girl at the microphone. at this point, he's at the residence of shimon peres. the two men are scheduled to take part in a tree-planting ceremony. then later today, president obama will meet with benjamin netanyahu. coming up at 7:15, the hot topics on the meets with the israeli leaders. >>> well, now we're less than a week away from the day the u.s. supreme court will hear oral arguments on proposition 8. next tuesday the court will hear arguments before or against prop 8 along with another same-sex marriage case. the challenge to the federal defensive marriage act. yesterday, the court said it would release same-day audio if the arguments are presented. the court's statement did not mention television coverage which legal experts probably means it will not be allowed. >>> a bay a
'. >>> president obama is in israel, intent on proving that the unbreakable alliance has not been broken and is instead still an alliance. it's wednesday, march 20th. this is "now." >>> joining me today, author and radio host of studio 360, curt anderson. professor at the lbj school of public policy, and msnbc contributor, victor use defrancesca soto, and michael steele, and washington bureau chief of huffington post ryan grim. >> today president obama began his first state visit to israel. after their meeting, the two leaders will hold a joint news conference this afternoon. the day began with president obama's early morning arrival where he was met by netanyahu and simon perez. >> thank you for what you are, thank you for what you do. thank you for the hopes you carry with you. >> i come here today with a simple message for you and the-mile-an-hour people. thank you. thank you for strengthening the unbreakable alliance between our two nations during your presidency. >> despite the positive juju, president obama still has considerable work ahead of had imto shore up israeli support. ben
and sometimes outrageous rhetoric. rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. >>> president obama is in israel this hour meeting with prime minister netanyahu. >> still to come, the significance of this trip and of the u.s./israeli relationship. stay with us. ♪♪ ♪ ♪ geico motorcycle. see how much you could save. >>> president barack obama is meeting this hour with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> allegations of chemical warfare emerging in syria, iran's nuclear program and then stalled for a long time talks between israel and palestinian. all of that on the agenda. >> wolf blitzer joining us from washington to put some of this into context for us. wolf, first of all this is the president's first visit to israel since taking office. why now? what's the significance of the timing? >> i think there's some critical issues going on. the whole region seems to be in turmoil right now. north africa throughout the middle east if you go through to afghanistan and pakistan, i haven't seen so much volatility in this area in a long time, if ever. and there's real problems in israel right now. it's got p
of the north. some affected networks are up and running. >> president obama arrived in israel over an hour ago making the first visit since taking office. air force landed in tel aviv at 3:15 and was welcomed by several israel leaders including president peres and prime minister binyamin netanyahu. the white house says that the president is looking to reassure israelis that the united states is committed to supporting the country in the face of any threats. abc7 news, katie marzullo, will have more on what is next for the president in the middle east in the next half hour. >> caltrain authorities are investigating another fatal accident involving the train system. a train hit and killed a pedestrian in san jose yesterday. a caltrain spokesman says that the person was near a pedestrian crossing south of the station and there was only one passenger on board the train at the time and this was the 4th person killed by a train on the caltrain corridor this year. >> new this morning on the peninsula get ready if a big crackdown on distracted driving. today a police task force is hitting the streets
of israel, shimon peres, and president obama said lots of nice things in front of the media and those who are assembled there but there are some thorny issues between the two countries right now, and, may be those were he is expressed in private. it is difficult to know. joining us a man who has some indication of what goes on behind the scenes in meetings like this. ambassador john bolton is a former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and a fox news contributor. general jack keane is also with us, a four-star retired general and former chief of staff of the u.s. army and a fox news military analyst. aaron david miller is a former advisor to six secretaries of state. he is also the author of, the much too promised land. aaron, let's start with you. this meeting has been written about, much-discussed in the united states. why now? why now for president obama to visit israel? >> oh, i think it is the intersection frankly of politics and policy. obama helped create his own israel problem and not that the prime minister of israel didn't air ba his fair share of the responsibility but the fact these
on may 21st. >> thank you. new this morning, president obama is now in israel going the first visit to the country and a new effort for peace between israelis and palestinians. abc7 news reporter, katie marzullo, is live in the newsroom. several countries are on the agenda? >> yes, the president will stop in jordan and in the west bank for a meeting with palestinians who have clashed with the united states over denied bid for statehood at the u.n. the white house officials say the president will not try to broker a deal between israelis and palestinians on this trip. this trip is just going, air force one landing in tel aviv less than two hours ago and the israeli president and prime minister binyamin netanyahu met president obama at the airport. lots of handshaking and photo ops and a friendly scene but polls show president obama is deeply unpopular with many israelis and they want reassurances the united states is serious about their defense. here is what the president said just moments ago. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our funda
county and 880 south of leandro. >>> and president obama is pledging unwavering support for israel. he received a warm welcome at the airport in tel aviv earlier today. that was followed by a tour of israel's iron dome missile defense system. he met behind closed doors with shim mon peres. they also a -- shim mon per -- shimon peres. >> in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. >> the president is meeting with benjamin netanyahu at his residence for dinner. the focus on israeli -- the focus is on israeli peace, the nuclear program and the civil war in syria. over the next two days, he will be making stops in the west bank and jordan. >>> the recommendations of a year-long study to improve oakland schools, we've just learned that the commission was study and the recommendations include moving up the date when teachers are hired. the report says delays often allow candidates to find jobs in other districts. the study also recommends simplifying teacher evaluations. teacher say teacher ratings are too confusing. the group advises lengthening the
we know from the campaign, president obama never did visit israel as president and got quite a bit of criticism and question about that. so the white house and the president decided this was the perfect time to come, to demonstrate-- the number one purpose of this trip was to demonstrate to the israeli public and prime minister netanyahi that the u.s. does have israel's interest at heart and as the president said himself today, that the u.s. has israel's back. and the reason that's important is because president obama needs to work together with president netanyahi on two particularly difficult issues. one is how to stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and the other is what to do about the fallout from the conflict in syria. in addition, the president would like to advance the wil rel-palestinian piece process, and again he needs prime minister netanyahi for that. above all, the white house and the president calculate that if he can move israeli public opinion about him from its deeply unfavorable view now-- only 10% in a poll last week have a favorable poll of the president. 3
nations. >> what kind of welcome president obama is getting on his first visit to israel. steve paulson is up in a few minutes to see if any more rain will be squeezed out of this system. >>> a pricey problem onburg, the big -- on b.a.r.t. the big effort to keep pigeons away. >>> highway 237 to interstate 880 express lanes generated $900,000 in tolls in the first year or 300,000 more than projected. revenue from the 680 lane was almost $200,000 higher than expected. all of this extra cash could help pay for more express lanes to be built. new lanes could be coming to 880, 580 in livermore, 680 in contra costa county and 880 south of leandro. >>> and president obama is pledging unwavering support for israel. he received a warm welcome at the airport in tel aviv earlier today. that was followed by a tour of israel's iron dome missile defense system. he met behind closed doors with shim mon peres. they also a -- shim mon per -- shimon peres. >> in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. >> the preside
out of syria chemical weapons were used in that war as president obama arrives it -- in israel and a country that shares a border. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to america's newsroom. martha: i'm martha maccallum. this is very serious story. president obama may soon have to act. mike rogers chairs the intel committee in the house. his counterpart in the senate, dianne feinstein, both say based on briefings they received very high probability that syria's regime used weapons of mass destruction. that has been called a red line issue by president obama who warned syria's dictator bashar al-assad that he should not cross that line. bill: the white house has been briefed and the white house has to make some decisions in this. i think the days are becoming more desperate and the regime is more desperate and we know where the chemical weapons are, end quote. peter doocy leads the coverage in washington. how certain are the lawmakers that chemical weapons have been used, peter? >> reporter: not 100% certain, bill but senator feinstein says lawmakers have seen the same intelligence the whit
and president obama points to that as his support for israel. he has a battle selling himself in israel, only 10% of israelis say they like president obama and he's going direct for a hard sell, megyn, when he goes before a national television audience and talking to students and why he is in favor of israel and going forward, how he hopes to help the jewish state in a second term. >> megyn: thank you. and in honor to president obama's visit to jerusalem, the israeli embassy in washington releases an unusual animated video featuring the two leaders and a classic song from the 1980's sit com. watch this. >> the bonds between the united states and israel are unbreakable and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ ♪ travel down the road and back again ♪ ♪ your heart is true, you're-- thank you for being a friend ♪ >> yes, we love them, we watched them, "the golden girls" and apparently the israeli embassy did too. an embassy spokesman told "the washington post" that the response to the video was phenomenal and meant to
and injuries. haven't reached been treated and released. >> president obama has arrived in israel, his first trip to the nation as president. this is video of his arrival from earlier this morning. israelis are anxious to hear the president affirmed america's commitment to the security of the jewish state, despite his sparring with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu over the palestinian peace process. reza obama also making trips to the palestinian authority and jordan. back in the bay area, for the third time in less than a week at thornton junior high in fremont was the target of a bomb threat. the most recent threat was monday afternoon. it turned out to be another false alarm however some parents are is that they were not notified. >> i have a daughter here. the school is doing everything possible in order to protect the students because they'd our number one here in fremont. >> fremont police say they alert the public about the bomb threat using their necks old system. the school superintendent says the district did not contact parents about the reason false alarm. >> 8 of 6:00 a
on twitter@bp show or facebook.com/bill press show. president obama will soon be arriving in israel for the first day of his four-day visit to the middle east. before he left he filled out his bracket for both men and women. and on the men's side, he picked as his final four, indiana and louisville and ohio state and florida. we will find out a little bit later this morning on espn who he picked to be the top winner. meanwhile, back here at home harry reid has said, well, we are going to have -- try to get a gun control bill to the floor, it will include no assault weapons ban. get that? not that they bring it up and vote it down. harry reid will not even let an assault weapons ban come to the floor for a vote even though the american people support it by about 55% and despite all of the great work that dianne feinstein has done on that bill. harry reid proving to be a weenie. that and more, here on current tv. [ music ] billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com alright, in 15 minutes we're going to
. meantime let's turn to the middle east. president obama is in israel. while reaffirming the united states commitment to the jewish state he is not confirmed reports of a kept call weapons attack in -- chemical weapons attack in syria. one of the reasons we send millions of aid to countries in the region to protect our access to oil. but now domestic production is higher than ever so should our investment in the region be changing? let's talk about that. united nations ambassador and fox news contributor, john bolton. start with israel. the trip there, how significant was that, what do you think the president achieved and what does it mine? >> i think he achieved his main objective and got off the plane and put his arm around bebe netanyahu. he can check the box. he has been to israel as president. he got a great photo-op and will get a few more during his trip. this is trip where the symbolism and politics is very different from the private conversations. i think obama brings two very tough, unpalatable messages to the israelis. number one, don't even think about using military force agai
she's determined to get a vote. she'll put the ban in a separate amendment. >> president obama is headed to israel. he boarded air force one tonight. this is his second trip to the middle east as president. and his first visit to israel and the west bank since taking office.. he'll be meeting israeli leaders - and also with officials of the palestinian authority -- and with jordan's leader. the white house is playing down expectations for the trip. >> today marks ten years since the start of the war in iraq. about a million americans served in iraq. and about 4-thousand- 5=hundred service-members died there. along with at least 2- thousand government contractors, and 174 journalists. a c-n-n poll says only four out of ten americans now believe it was a smart decision to invade iraq. six out of ten say the conflict was a quote "dumb" idea in san francisco, veterans against the war gathered outs. they used chalk to mark the names of those who died. they also reminded people that although the war has officially ended. the veterans who fought there - along with iraqis - are still d
, president obama says we will stand by israel as the most powerful ally. the president spoke about how these meetings would help children in both countries. >> in this work, as the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. the work we do will make it more likely that the children we saw today alongside children dropped the region had the opportunity for security and peace and prosperity. >> in south korea, computer networks shut down simultaneously as banks and major television broadcasters are experiencing the same thing. the cause of the cyber crash is not known. speculation turned to a cyber attack from north korea. those are your headlines. back to cheryl. cheryl: thank you so much. do not mess with those teeny broadcasters. >> no, no, no. [ laughter ] cheryl: a new policy by cvs caremark requires everyone to submit their weight, body fat, glucose levels and other bottles or pay more for health insurance. doctor manny alvarez. love it or hate it? >> hate it. i think this is an invasion of privacy. you have to report for a physical otherwise you will have a
, president obama is on the ground in israel right now. it's his first trip there as commander in chief. we just saw the limousine pull up arriving at israeli president peres' home in jerusalem. one of many stops on his trip. the bulk of this visit will, indeed, center on israel where he'll try to make a connection to the israeli people. >>> all started 6:13 this morning eastern time when he landed in tel aviv. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as a
obama travels to israel and the west bank this week, they are trying to assess whether a real opportunity exists for the united states to try to revive the long-stalled israeli/palestinian peace process. but among ordinary palestinians, he'll find no expectations that the u.s. can or will do anything to change the situation. >> when obama came to power we hoped he'd have a different policy but israeli pressures have had influence on him. >> he is not welcome here in palestine. what will he do for us? all of them are standing with israel, not with the palestinian people. >> warner: an even bigger hurding: the deep division among palestinians reflected in the ongoing split between hamas and fatah. this wall on the street in gaza is adorned by the smiles of two dead men-- yasser arafat, the fatah founder and first palestinian president who died in 2004-- and hamas spiritual leader sheikh achmed yassin, assassinated by his israel earlier that year. but the long time member of the p.l.o. says the two movements are poles apart. hamas and fatah have a serious split. it's multifacete
to israel where president obama has just arrived. he just took a moment to deliver remarks to the crowd that showed up to welcome him. this is his first trip to israel as president. there is a lot to talk about with the ongoing situation there in the middle east between israel and palestinians. we will have to see what happens at this historic meeting as it is under way. we will follow the president's movements throughout the day and update you on what is going on. >> back here in the bay area we began our news this morning with developing story i san jose police looking for a gunman who they say shot a man in an apparent drive-by shooting. >> here is the place we're talking about. the address is 1720 hopkins and drive. that is a middle school area. let me push in and show you the area we're talking about. this again a middle school nestled in a community. police said the victim between 18 and 20 years old was standing on the sidewalk when a light colored guess you the drove by and someone opened fire. the victim remains in a hospital this morning their condition remains unknown. that h
asked the speaker about what the president was overheard saying. >> president obama arrived in israel today, he had some interesting comments for prime minister netanyahu on the tarmac. he said it is good to get away from congress. netanyahu laughed and said, believe me, i know. any reaction? >> so much for the charm offensive. >> but does a comment like that have any impact, you think? >> no, not really. president is meeting with the president of israel, he's got his legislative issues, the president has got his. comes with the territory. >> comes with the territory. >> i would rather be heckled than ignored or as i like to say, you only tease the ones you love. >> takes the full interview with the speaker, coming up for our north american viewers with "the lead" at 4:00 p.m. eastern. a lot of us remember some of the tense moments during the first four years, especially that meeting they had in the oval office when the prime minister seemed to be lecturing the president. there was an irritation over what the president said about israel's need to go back to the pre1967 line with mutua
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